Announcement from the Vicar, Trevor Mapstone

14th March 2019

Trevor made this announcement at church on Sunday 11th March.   Please pray for Trevor and Laura as they prepare to move.

After 16 years as vicar of Emmanuel I will be leaving in the summer to take up the post of Priest-in-Charge of St Mary’s, Caterham-on-the-hill.

This has come about after a period of prayer, discernment and conversations with trusted friends and I am sure that this is God’s leading both for me and for Emmanuel. The timing feels right and I believe that God has new things in store for us all.

I feel genuinely excited at the opportunities that will come with serving in a church and community which is very different from Emmanuel. It will stretch me and enable me to grow in new areas of ministry.

It has been a real privilege to serve as vicar of Emmanuel. You really are a unique and an amazing church. In 16 years together we’ve shared so much and I hope that the coming months will be filled with gratitude and celebration. God has been good to us.

We don’t have a leaving date yet, but it will be some time in the summer. So I’ll be your vicar for a few months yet. It’s going to be an emotional time for us all, but God is in it and will bless us through it.

Grace and peace,